Premier's Award for Agri-Food Innovation Excellence

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2014 Regional Award Winner


Rheault Distillery

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Photo of Rheault Distillery's Loon Vodka

Photo of Rheault Distillery's Loon Vodka

In the town of Hearst, Rheault Distillery uses a recipe from the Romanov Empire to create a quadruple-distilled wheat-based alcohol. And while the distillery won't give away all its secrets, it will reveal its use of milk in its final stage of distillation. The result is a smooth, subtle taste with a silky finish. Rheault believes northern wheat is particularly well suited to vodka production: the long hours of summer daylight create a grain with higher sugar content. With LCBO sales growing rapidly this year, the small-batch artisan distillery is creating a new market for local wheat producers - and a taste of Russia half a world away.

Creation Date: January 27, 2015
Last Reviewed: January 27, 2015